The best time to be alive

Yesterday, as President Barack Obama opened his United Nations address, he mentioned that despite the headlines, this time in history is actually the best time ever to be born. “For you are more likely than ever before to be literate, to be healthy, to be free to pursue your dreams.” Barack Obama This time has ...

Accomplishment never equals worth

No matter how good your day is going, when you unexpectedly hear in detail how someone tried to kill him or herself, it shifts the focus of your day. Today I heard a woman who was an extremely well-accomplished U.S. Marine and Navy officer speaking about her life. In her 27 years she invented and ...

Relationship vs task-oriented

This morning I was listening to someone talk about how in our personal lives some of us tend to be more relationship-focused, whereas others more task-focused. It’s a spectrum on which you can fall in different spots based on what’s going on in your life (like trying to tie-up loose ends before vacation or when ...

Patience isn’t what it used to be

In a piece for Harvard Magazine, Jennifer Roberts talks about the patience she tries to instil in her art students by making them observe a piece of art for three hours. The idea being that you’ll notice things that you wouldn’t have noticed had you not sat there and actually observed as opposed to just looked.  ...

Making time for the Trans Canada Trail

“Life is not defined by the amazing ecstatic moments, it’s defined by what is in between.” Rev. Brent Hawkes The first time my little sister went camping she was 2 weeks old. Even though we were very close to nature living on a farm, our weekends we were often even closer. While some people can’t ...

Thanks to the father figures too

A couple weeks ago, I was having a conversation about someone in my life who had been betrayed in a terrible way by a father figure. He had lost his own dad a few years ago and I was actually thinking why someone who is a few years older than me with a few kids ...

The hunt for red ochre

Rocks are a valued gift in my family. Ironic given that rocks are a nuisance on grain farms, as they come up every year and have to be removed because they damage machinery. At the same time, understandable given the stories they hold of the land. A few weeks back, I found myself in Newfoundland for ...

March in WorldPride this year

I will be marching again in the annual Toronto Pride Parade. Of course, this year will be World Pride – the first time the celebration is held in North America. A fitting place to be held given Canada’s leadership. Speaking of Canadian pride reminds me of one my favourite films – Mambo Italiano. It’s hard to ...

Being 98

The brilliant minds at FITC brought Hal Lasko to their conference this week. Lasko is a 98-year-old, legally blind graphic artist who has found internet fame as the “pixel painter” – an artist who uses Microsoft Paint to create pieces inspired by red barns and nature. Lasko’s paid work – prior to retirement decades ago – was ...

Quand le passé est loin derrière

C’est quand on s’aperçoit que le futur est plus proche que le passé. Puis c’est le présent qui nous fournit les réponses. Toujours. On peut fuir le passé, mais il nous rattrapera. Mais si l’on s’interesse seulement au présent, c’est nous qui avons pris le contrôle. Maudit que ça fait du bien.